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AppDate: Easy access to Mac OS apps 

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In the week’s AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights the MacPaw Setapp service, WumDrop’s Deliver 2 Me, Vodacom Facebook Flex, LastPass Password Manager and Find My Kids – GPS Tracker.

MacPaw Setapp service

Finding third-party Mac OS apps can be difficult and rather expensive. However, MacPaw’s recently launched Setapp service allows users to install a range of premium productivity, video, utility and development apps easily and at a reasonable price. Users simply install the Setapp service and can then select and install more than 60 apps for a monthly fee.

Platform: Mac OS 10 and above

Stockiest: www.setapp.com

Expect to pay: R145 per month

 

WumDrop’s Deliver 2 Me

WumDrop’s Deliver 2 Me is a delivery solution that uses the real time location of users’ mobile phones, giving them the power to choose the hour that they would like their order delivered and the exact location.  Once users place an order, they receive a notification when it is ready for delivery. They can then choose a time and, should they select “deliver now”, the parcel will be delivered to the exact GPS coordinates picked up from their phone.

Platform: Most up-to-date Internet browsers

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download, but delivery charges vary according to location, parcel dimensions and time.

 

Vodacom Facebook Flex

Vodacom’s Facebook Flex is one of the latest products to launch under its Siyakha platform. It gives customers the opportunity to connect with friends and family using a basic version of Facebook for free. Once signed up to the service, Vodacom subscribers can update their Facebook status and comment on posts even when they do not have data. Should users wish to view pictures or videos, they can easily switch from the free version to data mode to access the full Facebook service.

Platform: Most modern cellphones connected to the Vodacom network.

Stockists: To use Facebook Flex, customers can log on to Facebook.com or dial *111*32#.

Expect to pay: Free to use.

 

LastPass Password Manager

LastPass is a password manager and password generator that locks passwords and personal information in a secure vault. LastPass autofills web browser and app logins and generates new, secure passwords instantly. One password is all a user needs, as the app handles the rest. In addition to just storing passwords, LastPass is able to create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords and track personal information in photo and audio notes. Just remember to choose a strong password for LastPass!

Platfom: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download – but with in-app purchases.

 

Find My Kids – GPS Tracker

Find My Kids tracks lost or wandering children via their smartphones. Parents can automatically receive location alerts when their child returns home or arrives at school, as well as easily keep track of them without having to constantly ask where they are. It also monitors their battery levels, so parents know if a phone is dead or if they are  just being ignored.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download, but with loads of advertising and in-app purchases.

 

* Sean Bacher is editor of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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